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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How to change presser feet? on: September 23, 2008 04:02:40 PM
I bought a used Singer Fashion Mate 22C a few months ago to teach myself some sewing.

It came with this foot, which I think is a zig-zag foot which also does straight stitching.

I've been using just this foot so far. I wanted to learn some more new things, so I went and bought 3 more feet. The guy at the store asked me what kind of foot shank I have - the snap-on kind or the screw kind. I told him I didn't know as I have never changed it before. So he checked my model number in his book and gave me these feet.

Zipper foot:

Gathering foot:

Rolled hem foot:

After reading up a little, I figured out that my machine uses both snap-on and screw kind. So the zipper one fit fine (it was a snap-on).

But I can't attach the other two (gathering and rolled hem feet) because I think they are the screw on kinds, and I can't remove the shank after removing the screw:

The shank is too tight. I applied some machine oil and used all my strength to get it off but it's not budging. Is it because its an old machine? How do I get it off so that I can attach the other feet?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Should I buy this machine? on: June 11, 2008 09:38:05 AM
I've been looking for a sewing machine. I'm yet to learn sewing, but it's something I've wanted to learn for a long time.

I found this sewing machine on craigslist for $60. Not sure if it's a good machine, and if the price is reasonable.
It's a Singer AH-854423. It's in almost new condition, with the case.

Please advice - should I buy this machine?

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Newbie's first bead projects on: May 21, 2008 04:43:52 PM
I'm brand new to beading..I just started 2 days ago. I'm staying home to take care of my baby, so thought I'll start a new hobby.  

This is what I have made so far. Please feel free to comment and make suggestions on how I could improve.


Stretch bracelet

Basic chain and bracelet - I wanted something really simple and colorful for summer

Excuse the pictures...my bathroom has the best lighting Smiley

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